The situation around Debaltseve is tense, but the ceasefire, which began 00:00 on February 15, is largely holding, said Sulev Kannike, the Estonian ambassador to Ukraine.
He told ETV that last night was more restless and anxious than the night before. “There is talk of 50 ceasefire violations […] But these events have been focused on the Debaltseva region. Most places seem to be quiet,” he added.
Alexander Zakharchenko, the head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, said he will respect the ceasefire elsewhere, but not around Debaltseve.
“The heads of larger nations made the agreements in Minks. Zakharchenko is just a puppet of the Kremlin. His words are a signal, but he does not decide anything,” Kannike said.
Kannike said militarily speaking, the region is calmer, but the political battles rage on.
Editor: J.M. Laats